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From Heraklion: South Crete Festos and Matala with Lunch

1. From Heraklion: South Crete Festos and Matala with Lunch

Explore the highlights of southern Crete on a guided full-day trip from Heraklion. Enjoy a small-group tour of some of the region's most popular sights.  Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the bus that will take you to your first stop, Phaistos. Along the way, take in scenic views of the Messara winegrowing region's mountains and vineyards. At Phaistos, explore the ruins of a medieval city and the second-largest palace in Crete. Learn more about the history of the complex from your guide and enjoy panoramic views of the Ida Mountains and the Lassithi Massif. Afterward, swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea in the former fishing village of Matala and take a walk to the world-famous cliffside caves. Then, tuck into a delicious lunch with views over the bay. On the way back to Heraklion, stop at the monastery of Odigitria. Here, witness 2 tholos tombs and let yourself be enchanted by the monastery's charm before heading back to your hotel.

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Everything went smoothly. We had 1h during the first stop, and exploring the historical ruins was truly magical. There was also an alternate option to sit in a cafe instead. Matala and the beach were BEAUTIFUL. I particularly enjoyed climbing to the caves (note: bring good shoes as you will need them, there are no stairs). The waves were high and the current strong when I was there, so unfortunately snorkeling was difficult due to low water visibility. That’s not a negative point though, that’s just nature and the weather.

The trip was very nice and beautiful! Elisabeta from Sparrow Travel and the bus driver grigorios are the best!! Very friendly and very funny. You are always welcome! We liked a lot both and had a very nice day!! Elisabeta you are the best really!

Extremely beautiful !!!!! Beware of caves which are difficult to reach and a bit dangerous .. comfortable shoes !!! Really deserves it

Well guided tour. Guide and driver were great. Hippie Beach is a great destination. Relaxing and interesting at the same time.

Everything well organized - from start to finish :)